This blog is a space for us – and you – to comment on the news, share opinions and debate local government issues. You can comment on any of the posts below; if you would like to contribute a new post contact Jane Sankarayya.

Manchester town hall, devolution

Lessons from the Local

April 1, 2015 by Jonathan Carr-West

Jonathan Carr-West discusses lessons from local government in his article for Compass's report, 'Finding Our Voice: Making the 21st Century State.'

Jigsaw, puzzle


What to do when care fails

March 25, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

People who need care need high quality and consistent care. But this doesn’t always happen. The providers who deliver the care sometimes fail. Maybe it’s a managerial failure or a market failure or some combination of factors. Whatever the cause, this leaves vulnerable people – sometimes suddenly – even more…


piles of coins, money, finance

Osborne shows devolution is work in progress

March 20, 2015 by Jonathan Carr-West

The Budget announcements on greater powers for local authorities demonstrate that the Chancellor and the Treasury are serious about fiscal devolution, writes Jonathan Carr-West in a post that first appeared on Public Finance website.


Tennessee water tower

Mayors who crossed the line: a Tennessee tribute

March 16, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

This article originally appeared in the February issue of C’llr magazine that included a special feature on mayors.  My childhood, and perhaps my formative political memories were formed by three politicians from my home state of Tennessee. While the scandal and stink of bad mayors and machine politics in Chicago or…

Albert Docks Liverpool, city, regeneration


The Signal and the Noise

March 12, 2015 by Jonathan Carr-West

Child sexual exploitation revelations over the last few weeks have been truly horrific and should give pause to all of us involved in public services.

Keyboard, computer, technology

Websites for Local Democracy

March 11, 2015 by Hannah Blythe

Hannah Blythe discusses the value of online communication in local democracy.

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